Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

It’s Always Sunny In Miami

December 4, 2007

As the 0-everything Dolphins plod on through the worst season in recent memory, we should take a moment to remind ourselves that it hasn’t always been so bad in the home of 2 Live Crew. Why, just take a look at this particularly stunning video sent to me from Shane Carpenter.

Shane: I can’t decide if this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen, or the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Cory: Neither can I

Bad Cover Version

July 5, 2007

If you’ve never seen the classic video for Pulp’s Bad Cover Version, then today’s your lucky day. However, you also have some work to do. After several viewings, I think I’ve deduced most of the “cameos” in the video, but I implore those of you in the world wide web to assist me in coming up with exactly which stars I may have overlooked. First, the video:

Now, to the best of my ability, here are the stars, in order of appearance:

(Notes: This is largely geared to a British audience, so thinking caps may be in order. If someone appears a 2nd time I haven’t listed their 2nd appearance. Names followed by an asterisk are artists that I’m not really sure of, it’s just my best guess.)

Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher, Kylie Minogue*, (I have no idea), Noel Gallagher, Bjork, Missy Elliot, George Michael, Bono*, Paul McCartney, (I have no idea), J-Lo, Craig David, (I have no idea), Tom Jones, Keith Richards*, John Lennon*, Kurt Cobain, Rod Stewart*, Meat Loaf, Cher, (I have no idea), Jamiroquai, Jarvis Cocker, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Gary Numan*, Brian May

That’s the best I can do. I’d appreciate any help in solving some of those riddles or pointing out anyone that I’ve missed. Now, stay tuned for the exciting conclusion to the Cory-Graham.Com Top 100 Albums of All Time!

Ann Coulter… In Her Own Words.

June 27, 2007

For years I’ve gone round and round with some of my more right-wing friends on the topic of Ann Coulter. Typically, I hear that those of the left “can’t take a joke” or that we’ve “lost our sense of humor.” Now, as you may have noticed on this blog, I take great pride in my sense of humor. I’d also like to say that as quickly as I’ll praise a great joke (even if it is utterly tasteless), I’ll just as quickly point out something that’s radically unfunny. Frankly, nearly every word that comes from Ann Coulter’s mouth is radically unfunny.

Just to make sure that I’m “fair and balanced,” Howard Stern isn’t funny, Al Franken hasn’t been funny in years, and should we lose The Daily Show tomorrow, politics in general will cease to be funny altogether (unless you have HBO… then you get to enjoy Bill Maher). So, having staked my claim as a comedic moderate, I’d like to take a moment to point out that Ann Coulter is not only painfully unfunny but also an overblown, cowardice windbag. (more…)

Pulp Muppets

June 22, 2007

Aaron was kind enough to send this my way, I hope that it can bring you the same joy that it brought me.

Ladies & Gentlemen… Mike Gravel

June 19, 2007

If you’ve watched any of the televised Democratic Debates, you may have found yourself asking, “Who is that crazy old man in the corner?” Well, that crazy old man happens to be former senator (D-AK) and coot extraordinaire Mike Gravel. Gravel has built his 2008 campaign on what appears to be a three-pronged plan of attack: yelling, tantrums and cursing. Of course, being that I’m a huge fan of all three, I find Gravel to be an appealing and intriguing counter-balance to the ever middling top tier selection of candidates.

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It’s not just that Gravel is a “feisty” old codger, it’s that his overwhelming “get off my lawn” vibe is tempered with good ideas and a refreshingly leftist tone. Had I not found myself swept up in Obamania, I would have most likely been supporting Mike in his efforts to demand a more peaceful, respectful America with oatmeal in every pot and Matlock reruns for all. Alas, with the world of modern politics being what it is (a giant money machine), candidates like Gravel are hopelessly relegated to the bottom rung, fighting for a place on the ballot instead of fighting for a brighter future.

Just telling you about the Gravel machine simply isn’t enough. To really understand the cane-shaking fury of this man you must actually see him in action. Thanks to the good people of Youtube, we can now check out the highlights of Gravel’s infamous performance at the 1st Democratic Debate, the night’s only real entertainment value or mild intellectual stimulation.

With the rising costs of television advertising time, Gravel has moved his campaign into the 21st century by utilizing the internet in ways that even Howard Dean couldn’t imagine. The Gravel campaign has planted a flag in the sovereign nation of Youtube, claiming the series of tubes (as they were so eloquently described by Gravel’s one-time colleague Ted Stevens) as his own and bringing a message… of some sort… to the people directly.

It appears that Gravel shrewdly hired the firm of Lynch, Bunuel & Barney to produce a series of campaign ads that inspire the mind! Ok, maybe “inspire the mind” isn’t as appropriate as “boggle the mind,” but either way, the mind is doing something, which is far more than anyone could say for the efforts of Chris Dodd. Take for example, “Mike Gravel – Rock.” Not since Andy Warhol shot hours of footage of a brick wall has art taken such a meaningful and important stance against something, or something else.

Ahh, the striking visuals, the epic splashing of mother earth into herself, the earnest call to action! That type of message, paired with what must be the warmest, cuddliest candidate since the ill-fated Cheer Bear campaign of ’04, will certainly propel Mike Gravel into the top-tier within the next few months. Warmth, compassion and a message, that’s what Mike Gravel is about.

Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any more cut-and-dry with the Gravel camp, we’re given fire. Not just the fire of change, roaring in Mike’s eyes, but… uhm… actual fire. Seven or so minutes of it, to be exact. In the 2nd installment of the Gravel ’08 media blitz, Mike shows us exactly what government means. Government is about gathering together sticks, government is about camping, government is about red rain coats. Ohh, the symbolism.

Since the message in that piece is OBVIOUS, it certainly shouldn’t require ME to explain what’s going on. Granted, a few of you philistines may not understand the deep inner-workings of Mr. Gravel’s mind… if you find yourself in this group, I sincerely pity you. Perhaps Mr. Gravel isn’t for you, perhaps you would be more comfortable with Bill Richardson, or maybe the complexities of the Democratic party confuse you… perhaps you belong in the Brownback organization.

Mike’s message is simple. Rocks belong in the water, campfires are fun and the tv is too loud. Those ideas, paired with strong opposition to nuclear proliferation and tight adherence to international law, make Gravel an ideal candidate. A candidate for the people… a candidate that shows that nothing, not even senility, can stop a man with motivation, drive and an unshakable belief in the American Way… unless Murder She Wrote is coming on, but that’s to be understood. So, hike up those pants and charge up that Jazzy, it’s time that the elderly socialists had a voice in government. Meetings will be held at Morrison’s Cafeteria between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 PM each day, the revolution is coming, but it has to be home in time for its stories.

Jessie can be Three People…

May 30, 2007

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I stood in my Aunt Barb’s kitchen as the adults around me buzzed with conversation about something. It was obvious that whatever the topic of discussion may have been, I was intended not to hear it. So, I crept around the corner, hiding behind the wall and listening to a conversation in another room.

It was my mother’s voice, “I don’t know if we should let Cory see it or not.” Ohmygod! There was something I needed to see, but there was reason not to let me see it… this clearly had to be a life-changing experience. As the soft conversation continued I heard my Aunt Barb say, “Well, I’m not even sure if we should let mom see it… it gets kinda rough.” OhmyGOD! Now it wasn’t just something that I wasn’t supposed to see, but something that my GRANDMOTHER may not even be able to handle!

I smoothly (as smoothly as any 11 year old can) made my way into the family room to check out this conversation. Realizing that I must have heard some of the conversation, they began to openly discuss the topic in front of me. After some “I dunno” shrugs and the occasional wink from my Uncle Jim, the consensus voted to allow both my grandmother and me to watch whatever it was that was sitting on top of the television. At this point it could have been an episode of Rainbow Brite and I would have sat glued to every word… but it wasn’t. It certainly wasn’t.

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Across The Universe

May 22, 2007

In case you’ve missed it, there’s a movie trailer that I’d like to share. Julie Taymor (who brought us the subtle-yet-stunning visuals of Frida) will be unveiling her first film in five years this summer, Across The Universe. Visually, it looks to be an incredible treat in that Baz Luhrmann, hyper-stylized/explosive color/surrealist visual kinda way, set in and around New York in the 1960’s. The trailer slowly evolves from what looks like “a pretty good movie” into “hmm, that looks different,” before eventually breaking into “what the hell is going on!?”

Of course, trailers are often deceptive, and as Kevin Hall said, “this really does have to be the greatest film ever made or the absolute worst.” We can all continue holding our breath until September 28th when it finally hits theaters, but for now we can just keep watching this incredible trailer over and over again.

For whatever reason, I actually still have faith in this film, despite the fact that the characters are named Jude, Lucy, Max, Sadie, JoJo, Prudence and Mr. Kite. If you don’t notice a common thread there, then just don’t worry about it… you’ll avoid the headache that comes with being repeatedly whacked on the noggin with a theme.

Stay Tuned!

May 16, 2007

Cory-Graham.com is on the way!

Excitement and fun for the whole family!